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ANZAC DAY: The New Zealand Story—Book Review »

July 1, 2014
By Philippa Werry As we approach the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli and look at to the world today there is a clear link between New Zealand’s First World War contribution and the conception of an independent New Zealand that stands up for what it believes in. Although occurring almost a hundred years […]
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The White Ships: New Zealand’s First World War Hospital Ships – Book Review »

June 16, 2014
The White Ships
By Gavin McLean New Zealand’s hospital ships are often taken for granted in military histories. In fact the effort that went into and equipping the NZ hospital ships was considerable, led by the Governor General no less. The lessons were clear and the hospital ships were quickly revived for WWII. This book is part of […]
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The Waikato River Gunboats: New Zealand’s First Navy – Book Review »

The Waikato River Gunboats
New Zealand’s first Navy was a collection of converted and specifically-built paddle steamers to transport and support the British Army in its campaign in the Waikato, 1863-64. Grant Middlemiss has assembled years of research and worked with illustrator Harry Duncan to bring to life these ships and their achievements. Without our contemporary concerns for joint […]
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The First World War – Book Review »

May 26, 2014
The First World war
As we enter the hundredth anniversary of the global struggle we today know as the First World War, a period of great suffering, huge technological leaps and events that shaped the world to come it is important to understand the history behind the conflict that created the ANZAC tradition. Written by one of Britain’s foremost […]
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Tudor Collins at Macquarie Island »

March 4, 2014
Facing off with a Bull Elephant seal at Macquarie Island
In September 1950 the Royal Navy frigate HMS St Austell Bay, delivered a load of supplies to Macquarie Island and Tudor Collins went along to document the trip. HMS St Austell Bay was on a six month exchange with the New Zealand Navy and called in at several NZ ports on its way south. At Macquarie […]

A Voice from the Past »

February 26, 2014
Linda Gillingham, nee McBride, listens to her husbands voice for the first time since he was killed in 1945. Glen McBride’s aircraft was shot down over Japan on 10th August 1945, only five days before the Japanese surrender. They were married in April 1945 and spent just five weeks together before Glen returned to his […]
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Tudor Collins in the Pacific Islands »

December 3, 2013
Tudor Collins did several tours of the Pacific Islands on RNZN ships and the first images to come out are from trips on HMNZS Arbutus and HMNZS Bellona. HMNZS Arbutus was a Corvette commissioned into the RNZN in late 1944 for WW2 service in the Pacific, after which she did a couple of, “showing the […]
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Thanks to the Volunteers »

November 28, 2013
Robyn Entwistle unpacking transit boxes.
We have a couple of volunteers working with us on the Tudor Collins project, Robyn Entwistle and Kerryn Olsen. Without their help, sorting through and processing such a large amount of photographic material would take us more than twice as long, so we are very thankful for their input. Robyn, who has come up from Wellington […]

A selection of images from the Tudor Collins project, week one. »

November 26, 2013
Here’s a selection of images digitised from the glass plate collection in the Tudor Collins project. I’ll come back and add caption information as we get it. Click on the first image to get a larger image or a slide show.

The Tudor Collins Project »

WRENS on the Admirals barge, WW2
Welcome to the Tudor Collins Project. So, who was Tudor Collins? Among other things he was a bushman, a master mariner, a machine gunner, a farmer, a business man and most importantly to this project, a great photographer. He is probably best known for his beautiful photographs taken in the kauri forests of Northland where […]
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